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the return trip of a vehicle, as a truck, transporting cargo or freight, especially when carrying goods back over all or part of the same route.


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    a hydraulic excavating machine consisting of a tractor having an attached hinged boom, with a bucket with movable jaws on the end of the boom. Contemporary Examples Leon drove the van down a dirt trail and stopped near the backhoe, which had finished its digging and was now just waiting. John Grisham’s First Short Story: […]

  • Backhouse

    a building behind the main building, often serving a subsidiary purpose. a privy; outhouse. Historical Examples Woldest thou not driue them in to the contrey, & put the one to the backhouse, the other to the plowe. The Education of Children Desiderius Erasmus Broadfoot, backhouse, and Fenwick rallied and reanimated them. Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston […]

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    back in the saddle adjective phrase Operational again; restored to function: The economy is back in the saddle/ I have aspirations to get back in the saddle [1940s+; fr a popular cowboy song ”Back in the Saddle Again”]

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